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Tip #1 & An Easy Recipe.

Many raw food pate recipes call for the more expensive ingredients, such as macadamia nuts, cashews, walnuts, red peppers, etc. Sunflower seeds easily replace more expensive nuts. Although the taste will obviously vary, here is a flexible and simple pate recipe that will work using sunflower or other seeds, along with what you have in the house or garden:

  • 2 parts seeds (sunflower, pumpkin)
  • 2 parts moist, fresh veggie (such as any bell pepper or fresh sprouts)
  • 1 part “kick” (such as onions, garlic, leeks) (optional)
  • 1/2 part something acidic (such as apple cider vinegar, lemon juice)
  • salt and spices to taste

Tip #2: Eat More Sprouts!

Eat more sprouts! That’s what you will see on the Sprout People web site. Although I like to support ethical, mom-and-pop businesses, I recommend first checking with your local grocer and health food store to see what you can find locally and inexpensively.

After that, Sprout People is THE best business I have found on the internet for sprouts. They have everything, including extensive sprouting tips. They also have my favorite super-easy sprouter.

Search for ANY sprout, and they are likely to have instructions on their site for how to successfully grow that sprout.

If you want to keep things simple and memorizable:

  • Most sprouts need to be soaked for 6-12 hours in room temperature water.
  • Buckwheat groats are the exception: only 20 minutes!
  • After soaking, rinse the sprouts thoroughly every 6-10 hours until they look ready to eat.

Tip #3: Shop Around.

Find your local farmers’ market. Here is a great website to find a farmers’ market in your area. Ask your local grocer if you can buy a case and save. Or ask for the “too ripe” bananas which are often less than half price and, in fact, perfectly ripe. Look for local coops. And if you find success with none of these, start growing and shop in your own living room or back yard!

Tip #4: Grow a garden – inside or outside

Patti Moreno, “The Garden Girl” has videos, articles, and an active forum about using whatever space you have to grow a garden.

Tip #5+: Some ideas to get you started

  • Buy nuts and anything else you can in bulk. Find some online resources here.
  • You can often special order apple cider vinegar by the gallon, dates by the box, gallons of honey from local beekeepers, or sprouting grains and seeds in larger quantities.
  • Wait to splurge on strawberries and other berries until they are in season; they will be much less expensive then.
  • If you utilize a local grocer, plan your week around sales when possible.
  • Join a coop if there are any farms close to you.
  • If you have neighbors with fruit trees, ask them if you can help pick their fruit for them.
  • Buy fruit by the case, and alternate as you run out.
  • Sprout foods such as wheatberries, spelt, rye, barley, quinoa, buckwheat to make filling breads, crackers, croutons, even cakes.
  • When making nut milks, always save the pulp to make scones or almond flour for cookies.
  • When juicing, save the pulp to make veggie patties, taco shells or “neet balls.”
  • Learn how to forage.

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